Humor and somberness don’t often go together in an opera and even rarer is when they are both done justice. French opera Manon by Jules Massenet is one of those rare occasion where these two opposite ends of the spectrum emotions live in perfect harmony within the same body of work.
The story of Manon centers around a young woman who is about to enter the convent when her life goes topsy turvy after she falls for the dashing Chevalier des Grieux. Young, naïve and in love the two penniless lovers run off to Paris. Of course, it does not go happily ever after from that point on. Dishonesty, exile, shame, and death are what face the love struck couple.
Soprano Marianne Fiset takes on the title role of Manon. It is a role she knows very well as she made her debut in it at Opera-Bastille. Her love des Grieux is portrayed by Portuguese native, Bruno Ribiero. The opera is in five acts with two intermissions and last around three hours.
-Dates: May 18, 21, 23 and 25, 2013
-Venue: Place des Arts – Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
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-Show Time: 7:30 p.m.